Realistic Architectural Rendering with 3ds Max and V-Ray Paperback – Nov 19 2009
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About the Author
Roger Cusson is an active educator and consultant working in the professional and academic architectural field. He has authored several titles on Autodesk Viz and 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design, AutoCAD and Revit.
Jamie Cardoso is a senior 3D artist and special effects designer. Currently he is working as a 3D Consultant for a variety of professional organizations worldwide. Find more information at jamiecardoso-mentalray.blogspot.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I think it's kind of misleading that there's nothing written anywhere on the books cover or in the online summary saying that you need version 9 to do any of the tutorials. I wish I knew this before I dropped $50. What a bummer.
Otherwise, the book looks full of useful information that other beginnner books don't get to. There's even a good chunk of info in the appendix at the end of the book with very useful tips for those working in architectural visualization.
This book is going to look great next to the other Max books on my shelf. In the meantime, I'll try to be patient until my employer can upgrade to version 9. Rrrr...
The book is well-organized and very easy to follow. Every step is numbered and very clearly described, accompanied by large color screenshots throughout. The menus and buttons are prominently marked with red arrows, underlines, or boxes to show the relevant settings to modify or button to click. The steps are very detailed and specific. Example: Step 12: "In the Bitmap Parameters, Coordinates rollout, change the Blur value to 0.2". Far from being just a recipe book, the chapters go over key lighting concepts and rendering terms and how the different tools and setting affect the final render. Two bonus chapters (PDF) are available for download on the publisher's website, along with all the project files from each chapter.
This is an excellent and practical resource for architectural students and professionals.
This book is not a 3DS Max tutorial or a introduction, but for more advanced users.
What this book covers:
- Mental ray : Lighting, shadow ....
- photo montage : Designing elements of a real photo into your architecture
- Verified view : Presenting for planning and marketing
The book does not waste any time and energy in the basics, but jumps straight into practicals from page 1 with screen shots from the sofware with exact instructions on what to click and what to do to get these effects into your architecture.
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